Green wood chair class #1: A day in the sun

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Blog entry by Russ posted 10-04-2010 03:54 AM 10838 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A local craftsman, John Manthei is holding a class on green chair construction. We split the logs, made the pieces and are now waiting for the rungs to dry. Since it is + 40 we worked outside, the sun was shining so it was a very nice day. It was quite a find to discover this class Right here in Fairbanks. The class also has some seasoned woodworkers as well, most with about 30 years experience! I will post photos of the completed chair when I can.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 04:57 AM

Cool! Is that a spoke shave you are using?

Interesting chair you are sitting on to hold that branch. Did you build it?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 06:12 AM

Yes I am using a spoke shave, we first took a 12” birch tree about 3 feet long and split it with wedges. First halves then quarters, the quarters were then hewed to remove the pith. They were reduced until we had 1& 1/2” pieces that we made octagon with draw knives. The chair is a shaving horse and the teacher had four of them but I plan on building one soon. Here is a link to a simple one; In the winter I can build rungs in the shop and do the green wood in the spring. For the seats he uses both green moose hide and woven birch bark.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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